Disinfo: US embassy information about the protests is an additional indict of its relation with Navalny 

Summary

The US embassy’s decision to publish the routes and places of protests in a number of Russian cities and the process of insinuating information about a “march to the Kremlin” organised by the opposition, came as additional evidence of coordination and connection between Washington and European capitals and [Alexei] Navalny.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation associated with opposition figure and Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

While the narrative alleges that the US moved to interfere with Russian domestic affairs and therefore violated Russia's sovereignty, the aforementioned statement, which was published by the US Embassy in Moscow and the US State Department, specifically advised US citizens residing in Russia to stay away from the demonstrations.

It is common practice in diplomacy for Embassies to inform foreign nationals in a country about potentially risky political events by issuing so-called Demonstration Alerts, especially for the protests that aren’t secret and has been called for in the days before.

See other similar cases claiming that neo-liberal forces are behind Navalny, or that the West is sending Navalny back to Russia to prevent him from becoming irrelevant; or that only caffeine and alcohol were found in his blood during his alleged poisoning; or that Navalny is financed by the West.

The same article mentioned another case claiming that Germany deported Navalny.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 229
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/01/2021
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: EU, Russia, US
  • Keywords: Protest, Alexei Navalny

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